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Very strange - just installed FPSE 2002 on a WinXP PRO box, with IIS and existing 2000 FPSE.

I'm getting a username and password box when accessing the site, either in the browser, FrontPage, SharePoint Admin, etc, etc.

Any ideas?

Thanks,
Sean

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    by:coreybryant
    Do you have IUSR & IWAM settings set up properly?  :)

    -Corey
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    by:hhammash
    Hi,

    Change 2000 FPSE to 2002 FPSE

    hhammash
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    by:seanpowell
    Apparently not.

    Did you want to walk me through that - I'm 4 hours in and ready to cut the tail of my mouse. Can't think straight.

    I'd also like a vacation, if you could handle that as well that would be great.
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    by:hhammash
    OK,

    When you get ther username and password box,  and type the username and passowrd correctly,  do you have access to the site?

    If yes:
    Is your site on your Intranet (University, company ...etc)?  If yes,  you'll always get it.  

    If your website is on a host company which is external hosting a private website,  then when you check username and password you should not be asked for them again.

    hhammash
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    by:coreybryant
    If you right click on the folder - you should get properties.  Under Security - what do you have listed there?  Network / Network Service should be there as well as the internet guest acccount.  Does this Windows XP have SP2 installed?  What about that firewall?

    -Corey
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    by:seanpowell
    >>and type the username and passowrd correctly

    This is the problem - what username and password :-(
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    by:coreybryant
    (You can use the admin user name / password) - that way that will at least help / show you have access to it

    -Corey
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    by:seanpowell
    Yes, now I just need to remember them. I haven't used them on this box in a coon's age.
    I'll get back to you :-)

    Thanks guys,
    Sean
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    You're welcome sean
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    by:seanpowell
    Well, beats me. Tried "MyComputer", "Administrator", "Sean Powell". If I have a username, I'll be damned if I know what it is.
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    by:coreybryant
    Do you log into the Windows XP system?

    -Corey
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    by:hhammash
    Hi sean,

    Where is the site?  on your local drive? or on the Intranet?

    hhammash
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    by:seanpowell
    Local, standalone box, which I log on to.
    Clearly I have missed an important step here, just wish I knew which one. I'll see if I can find something in the kb articles somewhere.

    Sean
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    by:rcmb
    Sean,

    When you open the site how are you trying to enter -- machinename, localhost, etc.

    Try opening http://localhost

    If you are logged in as a OS administrator then the site should open without a problem. If you have copied this site over from another location I would remove server extensions from the site and then reinstall them. You may have some left over issues from the other site trying to interact here.

    Curtis
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    by:seanpowell
    Thanks Curtis.

    >>If you are logged in as a OS administrator then the site should open without a problem.
    That's what I would have thought. I have uninstalled both sets of extensions for now... until I can find out why FPSE 2002 seems to need a name and password, of which the one's I use to log into the computer do not apply.

    Sean
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    by:rcmb
    In FPSE 2002 if you have not assigned a user to the site then you will not have access. Go to the web adminitrator of FP2002 SE and add a user. Give the user admin level rights. Make sure the user is the user you are logged in as (you can select a user from the local network/machine or create your own user).

    Curtis
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    by:seanpowell
    >>Go to the web adminitrator of FP2002 SE and add a user

    I can't, that's the problem. Tryng to open the administrator asks me for a username and password, and subsequent attempts fail because the browser asks what to do with a dll file. It's very bizzare.
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    by:rcmb
    Remove 2002 server extensions and install 2000. Now add your login as an administrator.

    Reinstall 2002 server extensions and this should pick the user up.

    Curtis
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    by:seanpowell
    >>Now add your login as an administrator.
    How exactly? I'm already logged into XP Pro as the administrator.
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    by:coreybryant
    Just curious - is port 4952 open?

    When you go to the FP extensions admin side - it should ask you for a user name / password.  And you should enter the admin user name / password.  But for some reason, this does not work?  Do you have TS on the server?

    -Corey
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    In FrontPage -- tools, server, permissions you can add users and assign rights.

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    by:seanpowell
    >> is port 4952 open?
    Yes, but we finished it off last night. I'm now into the sherry.

    I'll check...

    >> When you go to the FP extensions admin side - it should ask you for a user name / password.
    It does.
    >> And you should enter the admin user name / password.  But for some reason, this does not work?
    Correct, the browser goes into an infinite loop, I assume becuase it wants the username and password that I use to start up the computer, but doesn't recognize them.

    >> Do you have TS on the server?
    Terminal Services? Yes.

    Sean
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    by:seanpowell
    Curtis - that option doesn't exist on FP2000. It looks like this is also a FAT drive - I wonder if that is causing it ?
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    by:coreybryant
    IE has that option to block websites etc.  Do you have that option enabled on this website?  Do you have this website "trusted"?  

    -Corey
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    by:rcmb
    That will certainly cause your problem. Just convert it to NTFS so you can set permissions correctly.

    Curtis
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    by:seanpowell
    Okay....

    1. Converted drive to NTFS.
    2. Uninstalled both 2002 and 2000 SE.
    3. Re-installed 2000 SE only.
    4. Now even that default installation is asking me for a username and password to open localhost in FP.

    This tab in IIS, it is correct? The password is dotted out - beats me what it could be. Is "this" the username and password that FP is looking for, because it's not what I use to log on to the machine with. At least I don't think it is.
    http://www.pdgmedia.com/sp.gif

    Sean
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    by:coreybryant
    When you hit browse - do you see the other user names listed for your computer?  What is the IUSR & IWAM?

    -Corey
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    by:seanpowell
    http://www.pdgmedia.com/sp2.gif

    What is the IUSR & IWAM??
    How do I access those?
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    by:coreybryant
    Now hit advanced.  These are usually the internet users..

    -Corey
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    Hi sean,

    Is anonymous access in the folder properties in IIS encabled (checked) or not?

    In IIS admin
    Right click the folder and open properties.   Then,  look at the folder security.  Check the Anonymous access if it is not checked.

    Regards
    hh
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    by:seanpowell
    >>Is anonymous access in the folder properties in IIS enabled (checked) or not?
    http://www.pdgmedia.com/sp.gif

    >> Now hit advanced
    http://www.pdgmedia.com/sp3.gif
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    by:coreybryant
    >>> Now hit advanced
    >>>http://www.pdgmedia.com/sp3.gif

    That might be the problem..  No users set up.  Can you set up a User and then add that to see if that works?

    -Corey
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    Hi sean,

    what happens if you create a new web, do you get the same box?

    Try creating a new web and see if you can access it with no problem.  If you don't  you better uninstall IIS and reinstall it.  These things take a long time to be figured out.  Sometimes it is one of the bad things in Frontpage.

    Regards
    hhammash
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    >>Can you set up a User and then add that to see if that works?

    I'm sorry Corey - where do I do that?
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    >>what happens if you create a new web, do you get the same box?
    Yes - perhaps a re-install of IIS is in order....

    Sean
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    by:coreybryant
    You can try to go to Control Panel -> Users.  And try that as a test

    -Corey
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    by:seanpowell
    I added another admin account, still no go. Sorry guys for taking up all your time with this. I'm really stumped here and simply don't understand why FP needs a username/ password to open up localhost. Nothing is protected from what I can see.
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    You mind creating a TS for one of us / all three to see if we can take a peak?
    -Corey
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    by:hhammash
    It is one of the wierd thing of FP.  In dealing with stuff like that I usually don't give it a chance.  Just reinstall which makes things go right,  you dont' know why.

    Yesterday while I was making changes in one of the webs on my local drive to test your problem, I got a problem in accessing the sites with a strange message,  no password and username.  I just uninstalled IIS and reinstalled it.  Now I can access the same websites.

    Just a strange thing again by FP.

    hhammash
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    by:seanpowell
    Hmmm - not out in the open. I'll send you an email Corey.
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    by:seanpowell
    I'll try an unistall of IIS first...
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    by:coreybryant
    Definitely. :)  Let us know how that goes first.

    Thanks!

    -Corey
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    by:seanpowell
    Well, no luck with Remore Assistance despite Corey's kind help. Even opening up http://localhost in a browser now prompts me, so clearly it's getting worse. Un/Re-installing IIS didn't appear to help. So there's a setting somewhere that messed up - obviously from when I originally tried to install FPSE 2002.

    Thanks for all your help though :-)
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    by:rcmb
    Go to windows explorer and set permissions on the inetpub/wwwroot to everyone full control. Make sure you propagate the permissions down.

    Now see if you can get in.

    Curtis
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    by:seanpowell
    The folder options are Read Only and Archive. Read only is checked.

    I'm thinking an expensive MS Support call is going to be in order :-(
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    Did you copy this website from a cd? You need to remove the read only attribute because FrontPage cannot update files when they are read only.

    Curtis
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    by:seanpowell
    No, it's just the same root web that I've had for years, I'm afraid...
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    I am pretty much stumped.  We set up a test account - put that test account in the Front Page Admin group & then tried to use the user name / password to access the site.  It did not like it.  :-/  Usually that was the case when I screwed up something on one of my websites.  

    -Corey
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    by:rcmb
    Have you tried setting permissions on the wwwroot folder? Give everyone full control.
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    sean,

    In directory security,  remove "Allow IIS to control Password"  restart and try.

    hhammash
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    by:hhammash
    Just remove the check mark from the check box and keep the fields unchanged.  Also keep Anonymous Access checked.

    hhammash
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    by:rcmb
    Since so much has happened over the last few hours why not just back up the website to another location. Remove server extensions, remove iis, delete the inetpub directory. Reinstall iis, reinstall server extensions, open your new site in frontpage and import the old site using frontpage.

    This will take about an hour and save you lots of heartache down the road.

    Curtis
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    by:seanpowell
    Just deleted and uninstalled "everything", and then re-installed IIS.

    And then I got the name/password prompt again (in the browser and in frontpage).

    So - something on this PC (outside of IIS) is causing this. And it all started when trying to upgrade to FPSE 2002.
    I'm going to try pouring a can of coke through the slots at the back and see if that helps.

    Thanks again for all your suggestions,
    Sean
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    Hi sean,

    You are most welcome.  I wish that we can find a solution for this problem,  it became like a challenge.

    The Internet if full of question like yours with no obvious and fixed solution.

    Question:
    -----------
    By upgrading,  did you mean installing an upgrade on a previous version,  or installed a fresh copy of FPSE2002 after removing the old FPSE?

    Thanks
    hhammash
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    by:seanpowell
    I installed 2002 "without" uninstalling 2000 first. That was probably a mistake, wasn't it :-)

    I'm still researching on this end, but nothing yet.
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    by:dtolo
    When you log in to the box are you logging into a domain or a local user account, If you are logging into a domain log into the local machine instead.
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    by:seanpowell
    Nope, no domains. Just the single admin account...
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    by:seanpowell
    Okay - some progress, I think. From the browser I now get this:

    HTTP 500.100 - Internal Server Error - ASP error
    Internet Information Services
    Technical Information (for support personnel)

        * Error Type:
          Microsoft VBScript runtime (0x800A0046)
          Permission denied: 'GetObject'
          /localstart.asp, line 40
        * Browser Type:
          Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; rv:1.7.3) Gecko/20041001 Firefox/0.10.1
        * Page:
          GET /localstart.asp

    Just FYI really :-)
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    Not getting the prompt in FP any more, just a message telling me the extensions are not installed (which they are) ........

    Sean
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    by:seanpowell
    From FP, the error message is now:
    11/02/2004 14:19:22
    HTTP 500 Server Error
    <html><head><title>Error</title></head><body>The specified module could not be found. </body></html>

    Just playing with different security settings.... I apologize for the emails.
    Sean
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    You have ASP enabled also, right?  

    -Corey
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    by:hhammash
    Sean,

    I am sure the biggest part of the problem was installing the new FPSE on the old one.

    The problem resides among FPSE, IIS and Frontpage.

    - Uninstall FPSE
    - Uninstall Frontpage
    - Uninstall IIS
    - Most important,  Remove IIS from the Registery, it is essential.
    - Remove Frontpage from the Registry
    - Search your computer for any remains of IIS, and Frontpage and remove them
    - Restart the PC
    - Reinstall FP first
    - Reinstall IIS and FPSE

    Uninstalling without cleaning the registry and any remains of Frontpage and IIS on the hard disk will do no good.

    I had a problem with Frontpage before,  not similar to yours.  I did all the above in sequence.  Then everything worked just fine.  I don't even think that Microsoft Support people have a clue of why is this happening, otherwise you would've seen in support.microsoft, becuase the Internet is full of persons with the same problem and without any solution.

    Regards
    hhammash

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    Yes, I also just now enabled SOL, in case it may help.
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    hhammash,

    I think you're right - its the best way to go.

    I need to do a search to find out how to clean the registry correctly first...

    Sean
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    Not much out there.

    Do i just perform a search in the registry for the values "frontpage" and "iis" and delete absolutely everything I find?
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    by:hhammash
    Hi sean,

    I am sure you know the following steps but I'll give you the names that you need to look for:

    Run > Regedit >Edit > Find

    - iis


    Then

    Run > Regedit >Edit > Find
    -Frontpg

    Then

    Run > Regedit >Edit > Find
    -Frontpage


    Delete each file and folder you find seperately making sure that it clearly sayd iis or frontpg or frontpage.

    Good luck
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    by:hhammash
    Hi sean,

    Yes delete every instance of

    iis
    fronpage
    frontpg

    Make sure to read the file name and path before removing.  The path should clearly mention the name that you want to delete.

    After you finish do:
    Start
    Search for files and folders
    IIS
    Frontpage
    Frontpg

    On your computer and delete everything you find except any folder that you named yourself to indicate that you saved Frontpage files in it.

    Restart the computer and install fresh copies of all above.

    Good luck sean
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    by:seanpowell
    There's a lot of these:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppConfig.IISAppConfig.1

    and

    IISAppConfig Class.

    Lose all those as well?
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    Hi sean,

    Take a look at this before:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816085

    In my case I removed all iis instances.

    But take a look at the article.

    hh
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    by:seanpowell
    Oh well, no go. Same old, same old.

    This is very interesting:
    If I create a new web under localhost and when setting the permissions choose "Inherit from Parent Node", I get this (my caps):

    The parent node does not have any explicit Access Permissions set. Access Permissions which will be inherited to this node will NOT ENABLE ACCESS TO ANYONE. If you are sure you want to do this click Yes. (Otherwise, fix the parent node permissions so that correct permissions can be inherited)

    So, this is telling me that if I use the existing permissions from localhost in localhost/test, no one will be able to access it. Which seems to be precisely why I can't access localhost.

    But it beats me where those permissions are set. I still think (somehow) it's outside of IIS, since it was completely removed. But I may be wrong...

    Sean
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    Hi sean,

    You removed everything and from the registry and still the same!!!?

    This is a real challenge.

    I'll read the post from the beginning and see if we missed anything.

    hh
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    by:hhammash
    Just to make sure:

    In the Directory security,  did you remove the check box from the option that says "Allow IIS to control Password" without removing the values in the text boxes.  And keeping the checkbox of Anonymous selected?


    hh
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    Do you have Sharepoint installed?
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    by:seanpowell
    Yes - did that. Tried everything :-(

    You're welcome to have a look through Remote Assistance if you think you could do anything else.

    Sean
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    I'll be glad to
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    by:seanpowell
    OKay - I'll post back when the system is clear... Would you prefer I emailed you?

    Thanks hhammash :-)
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    Yes of course
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    by:seanpowell
    Not in your profile - perhaps you should email me :-)
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    by:seanpowell
    SOLVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A suggestion by Sunray in the XP TA:
    Remove the password from your main admin account
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    by:coreybryant
    Congratulations :)  I thought it had to do something with that permissions thing - but would have never thought to tell you to remove the password...   :-/  

    -Corey
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    by:seanpowell
    You're not going to believe this.

    The ONLY site I can access now is localhost. All the other external sites I work with won't accept the standard username/password. (These are just client sites at various hosting companies.)

    I'm going to cry.
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    by:coreybryant
    Now that is even weirder.  I do not see that having an effect on the other sites.  Can you http://www.thedomain.com & access it via explorer?  Or just not FP?

    BTW - I sent you an email about 5 seconds before this.

    -Corey
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    by:seanpowell
    Yea - browsers are fine. I don't understand why I can't open any external sites - this is very bizzare.
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    And if you put the admin password back in - I assume you would be able to?  Can you log on unde a different admin account?

    -Corey
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    by:seanpowell
    Main Admin Account:
    Password removed: cannot access external sites.
    Password put back in: cannot access external sites or localhost.

    New Admin Account:
    Password removed: CAN access external sites and localhost.
    Password put back in: CAN access external sites and localhost.
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    Well there you go :)  Kiss that Main Admin account good bye I would say.   Seems something is corrupted there.

    -Corey
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    Yes, I agree. I need to go back to the XP TA now and find out how I can copy/move a lot of the specific user settings that the existing account had.

    Thanks Corey,
    Sean
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